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To Have and to Hold

Helen Chandler

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

What happens when happily ever after doesn't work out quite as you expected? This is an insightful, warm-hearted and tender novel about three very different marriages.

From the outside, Ella has the happy marriage, the cute kids and the comfortable home - inside, she craves something more. But giving in to temptation will stir up a whole heap of trouble . . .

Imogen's relationship with Pete was once fun and carefree but since they've become parents, everything is different. Then an accident provides the catalyst for a life-changing decision.

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe is miserable at home and at school. And now her dad, who was always her ally, seems completely distracted by something - or someone. Maybe it's time Phoebe took a stand, and took control of her own life.

As Ella, Imogen and Phoebe contemplate taking the biggest risk of their lives, marriages, families and friendships hang in the balance. Should they take the leap, or will they risk losing everything?

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Praise for To Have and to Hold

  • Well written, believable characters and a good plot. I am a big fan of this writer! - Katie Fforde

  • This feels like grown up chick-lit, dealing with substantial concepts, believable, fallible characters and shot through with emotionally intelligent analysis of three very different marriages . . . Brilliantly written. - Daily Mail

  • This story about temptation and the lure of a different existence offers an interesting, often thought-provoking, take on the challenges of relationships and family life. -

  • A second novel from an author whom I believe is a star of the future . . . a most satisfying read. -

  • Praise for TWO FOR JOY - :

  • This is a pure delight . . . beautifully handled with some unexpected, humorous and emotional moments, all thrown into a fast-moving plot. I loved it. -

  • A page-turner that keeps you gripped until the end. - Daily Mail

  • An enjoyable romantic comedy with some entertaining twists. - Sunday Mirror

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Helen Chandler

Helen Chandler read English at Oxford University before working as a general manager in various NHS organisations. She lives in East London with her husband and daughter. Her first novel, TWO FOR JOY, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Contemporary Romance award, 2013.

You can visit Helen's website at to find out more or read her blog, or follow her on Twitter

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